Summary: Yes base is wide but you can now place stuff underneath and gain back space,,,,Yes it gets a little warm, and yes the USB ports are under the bottom side of the monitor (I have a usb 7 in 1) so not a big deal. Here's why this monitor is the best....I have owned two samsung monitors, and both ended up being returned to Samsung within 16 months and my money refunded...(this is not about samsung I own their 52 inch HD TV LNT52 and love it).
Summary: Great monitor, good colors and very crisp and sharp. If you're a gamer the monitor has a really good response time and i have never experienced any ghosting in games with fast action like Devil May Cry 4, Crysis Warhead & Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box. One thing to keep in mind is that the native resolution as with most 26" LCD monitors is 1920 x 1200.